Centennial battles past Reservoir on Hohmann's shot late in regulation; White has 13 (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS HERE!!)
Centennial High junior Andrew Hohmann admitted he didn't his one of his better basketball games Wednesday. But Hohmann was able to come through when it mattered most.
His 3-pointer with nine seconds left in regulation, lifted the Eagles to a 62-59 decision over Reservoir in a Howard County boys' basketball contest in Ellicott City. Senior guard Elijah White led Centennial (16-5 overall, 7-3 Howard) with 13 points and Addisu and Taylor each finished with 11.
Hohmann, who scored eight points, got a pass from Corey Eudell and dropped a dagger from the corner. Reservoir got one final chance, but Judge Payne's 3-point attempt from the top of the circle hit the back of the iron, securing victory for the Eagles on Senior Day.
"I really wasn't having a great game in the beginning, but I owed it all to my teammates for that pass," said Hohmann. "I didn't want the seniors to lose on this night."
Centennial, which honored White, Stephen Sedlacko and Alex Fant before the game, didn't obtain a lead until White's basket with 6:45 left in regulation. Reservoir pulled even at 58 on Sim Ajimatanrareje's 3-pointer with 76 seconds remaining. Ajimatanrareje led Reservoir (14-6, 6-4 Howard) with 15 points.
Hohmann regained the lead for the Eagles on a free throw with 50.1 seconds to play. Centennial got the ball back after a Reservoir miss, but White lost the ball on a drive and Joseph Walker was fouled inside on a shot attempt with 18.9 seconds left to play.
Walker made the first attempt, but was whistled for leaving the foul line early after the second attempt. Hohmann, who just had two points entering the fourth, hit the game-winner.
"Drew knocked it down like he does everyday in practice," said White.
"That was a great shot and it came from us giving him the ball in the spot to score," said Centennial coach Chad Hollwedel. "He got ice in his veins."
Hollwedel said Hohmann is "getting back to being healthy" after missing several weeks with an ankle injury. The Eagles have their full compliment of players for the first time in weeks.
That's promising news for Centennial, which closes the regular season at Howard Friday evening, then moves into the Class 3A East Region playoffs. The Eagles lost to eventual state finalist Stephen Decatur in the 3A elite eight after claiming their first state title in 2015.
"There's a lot of different experience coming into the postseason on the court and all we said them before the game to treat these last two games like playoff games," said Hollwedel. "It's not a must-win but if you play that way it'll prepare you for what's coming."
Centennial 62, Reservoir 59
Reservoir - Walker 5, Gunther 4, Ajimatanrareje 15, Carey 5, Diarra 2, Miller 14, Baker 2, Akinbinu 9, Archampong 3. Totals 24 5-15 59.
Centennial - Williams 1, Hohmann 8, Addisu 11, Eudell 2, White 13, Goyena 2, Sedlacko 2, Taylor 11, Ford 10, Fant 2. Totals 23 14-29 62.
Reservoir 15 18 16 10 - 59
Centennial 11 18 17 16 - 62
Last Updated (Friday, 17 February 2017 14:17)